This year we met in York, at St Columba’s URC. For some of us this meant staying overnight, but York is a lovely place to visit and this made for a very pleasant weekend.
We were welcomed by the Minister, Alison Micklem, and Matthew Prevett led us in the Opening Worship. The theme for the day was “Singing a New Song to the Lord”, and our three workshop leaders each addressed this in their own way. The form of the day was that we had two workshops in the morning, followed by an interesting talk by Alison about her father Caryl Micklem’s hymn writing (and her book ‘Looking for a Voice’).
After lunch we had our AGM and two more workshops, the second of them involving all three workshop leaders. The final workshop I personally found particularly interesting as we were invited to consider the words and music of some hymns submitted to the Methodist website Singing the Faith Plus, and to try them out and discuss them. After this we joined in Closing Worship led by Matthew. The formal proceedings were all most enjoyable, and throughout the day there were good opportunities to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
Rather than going straight home, my wife and I chose to attend Choral Evensong at the Minster (we had already done so on the Friday, but it was worth repeating!) and shared a meal with some old friends.
Definitely one of the most enjoyable Celebration Days I can remember!
Adrian is a member of the URC Music Network Committee and worships at Winchmore Hill, Enfield.